Wednesday, August 18, 2010
"It's just an old sparrow!" & Lark Sparrow (#1)
Well, one day this past May, while I was out searching out Indigo Buntings (now there's a colorful bird worth my time - not a boring little brown bird) at Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve near Rockford, I snapped a photo of a bird that was rummaging around in a brushy field next to the tree line that I often spot Indigos. I couldn't identify the bird at first, hoping perhaps it might be an Indigo. Then as I crept closer, I could see it wasn't an Indigo Bunting, but a sparrow looking type bird - "Ach! stupid sparrow!" So I kept moving and didn't bother taking any other pictures of that bird. Eventually I found and photographed my desired Indigo and happily went home with the victorius feeling of a successful hunt. When I popped my memory stick into the computer and scanned through my pics, I came upon that unidentified sparrow type bird. I saw that it wasn't one of the usual four sparrows I encounter: House, Song, Field or Chipping Sparrow. Because I was a fair distance away when I zoomed in on this bird, the pic was soft but still clear enough to research its identity. I soon identified it as a Lark Sparrow. I had never heard of a Lark Sparrow and it had a very interesting head pattern of reddish, black and white. I thought, "This is a beautiful bird." and I wished I had taken more time to get a better photo. I'll include the photo of this Lark Sparrow (Below, 5-16-10, Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve), not because it's a good photo (it's not), but because it's this bird that has transformed my a bad attitude about sparrows. This bird is like a sparrow therapist, or the Dalai Lama of Birds, which made me see the light and adjusted my bad attitude toward sparrows. If only the world worked as simply as this.